Traveling With Pomegranates

Traveling With Pomegranates

A Mother-daughter Story

Book - 2009
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An introspective and beautiful dual memoir by the #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and her daughter

Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.

Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter.

A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670021208
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Ann Kidd


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 14, 2014

When author Sue Monk Kidd, at midlife, and her daughter Ann, having recently graduated from college, find themselves at one of life's challenging crossroads, sharing their personal exploration and offering mutual support comes naturally. Their quest takes them to Greece and France, where they search for meaning by visiting sacred sites, and they begin to redefine themselves through their shared passion for writing.

May 02, 2014

If you have no other books to read and nothing else to do, this book is worth reading; certainly more entertaining than a tourist guidebook. SM Kidd has written at least 2 excellent novels (Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings) but you would never know it by this book.

Dec 09, 2013

Yes, it's a bit navel-gazing and specifically personal, but it IS a memoir. I chose to look beyond the specifics and focus on the mother-daughter relationship, and the maiden-mother-crone ponderings. Strongly recommended, and I plan on buying this, both for myself to re-read and as gifts for several sets of mothers and daughters.

Apr 05, 2012

This book perplexes me abit - the tone is sadder than warranted , I believe . Lighten up , ladies , and you'll have a lovely book ....

May 02, 2011

A travel memoir written by a mother and daughter, in alternating chapters. But they really only had enough interesting material for a hefty magazine spread, not an entire book.

ser_library Dec 23, 2010

repetitive and not well written yet interesting

Nov 10, 2010

recommended by Cathy Salter

Oct 01, 2010

Having read 'Secret Life of Bees' was expecting far more from this book - but then again this was not fictional tale. Did appreciate mother-daughter relationship development and how it was described.


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Oct 02, 2010

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